top of page

Number Sergeant 354

Battalion 8th Battalion

Place of Birth Port Albert

Next of Kin His father, David Robertson of Bena,

Date and place of enlistment Leongatha 25/8/1914

Physical details on enlistment Age 23 years 5 months,
5'10" 11 stone, grey eyes and fair hair

Religion Presbyterian

Occupation farmer

Date and place of death

He was killed in action at Nieppe Wood on 14/4/1918. He was an Anzac and fought continuously until his death in 1918.

Location of grave or memorial

Alan was buried in Nieppe Bois Cemetery La Rue du Bois France.

Relationship to Woorayl Shire

As a past student of Leongatha State School

Military History

He attended Leongatha State School
25/8/14 He enlisted in Leongatha
19/10/14 He embarked Melbourne on HMAT Benella
8/5/15 He became Corporal
7/8/15 He was wounded in the head and hand at Gallipoli
He went to Alexandria and then embarked for England on 19/8/15
He returned to Egypt
26/5/16 He embarked Alexandria
31/5/16 He disembarked in Marseilles
19/12/16 He was in the 1st London General Hospital
He went on a furlough
12/3/17 He was in trouble
26/6/17 He went back to France
20/7/17 He rejoined his Battalion
24/7/17 He was sick in hospital
30/9/17 He rejoined his unit
28/10/17 He became a Temporary Sergeant
27/11/17 He became a Sergeant
14/4/18 He was killed in action
The army received a letter from Miss A H Robertson �Gowrie Park� Bena stating that their father had died
His effects were a metal watch (damaged) and strap, letters, cards and a testament
Howard Robertson received the medals for both brothers. His brother was Roy Robertson No 3128
The Victoria Cross issue

He was believed to have been recommended for a Victoria Cross

On page 38 of his file a letter states that the commanding officer recommended him for a VC. Page 42 and 59 have other letters.
There appears to have been no application for Victoria Cross



bottom of page